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Lunde takes accounting skills to clerk's job

Ann Lunde has succeeded Jolene Koopman as the town clerk for the Town of Hartland. This is Lunde’s first experience in government, though she is skilled at accounting through her work in the private sector. (Herald photo by Bill Kirk)

HARTLAND—When Town of Hartland Chairperson Dave Esterby heard former Town Clerk Jolene Koopman would be leaving that position, he thought of Ann Lunde for the job.

“He knew about my accounting background and wondered whether I was interested,” Lunde said Friday, remembering getting Esterby’s call early this year.

The local native decided it would be a way to learn more about the town where she and her family live, so spent some time working with Koopman before taking over the post this spring, she said. Esterby was correct in assuming her knowledge of accounting would prove valuable and she was right about the opportunity to get a civics lesson.

“The government side has been all new to me,” she said, admitting her education in it has been “interesting.”

The senior credit analyst for Red Wing Shoe Company the past 20 years is still employed there, devoting much of her remaining time to the clerk’s role, she said. An exact number of hours per week for the post haven’t been specified.

“I put in whatever it takes to get the job done,” she said, explaining that involves evenings and weekends.

Lunde said the clerk’s duties include paying monthly bills, paying state and federal taxes, preparing quarterly reports and keeping minutes for the town board’s monthly meetings (which are eventually posted at the courthouse). The board members conduct those meetings, hearing topics from residents like the recent ATV issue in the town, but having her do related research, documentation and correspondence. She will help run elections as well, yet to assist at her first.

“The end of the year gets busier,” she said, mentioning taxes and year-end statements which must be done.

For more please read the Oct. 16 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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